General dentistry is preventative dental care that focuses on the health and wellness of your mouth. A general dentist will watch for oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and other common oral health problems. This form of dentistry can include cleanings, exams, and x-rays, allowing your dentist to catch problems early. Once the issues are identified, our dentist at Kiley A. Smith, DDS, can treat the pain and restore your mouth to a functioning and healthy state. Most dental problems don’t present noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Regular dental exams help your dentist identify minor issues before they become serious.
Why Should I Visit a General Dentist?
Your general dentist is trained to handle a wide variety of dental problems. For example, they can treat tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and other common oral health problems.
What Should I Expect at My General Dentistry Appointment?
Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums during your general dentistry appointment. Your hygienist will clean, polish, and floss your teeth and may apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth.
Your dentist will screen you for signs of gum disease. If you show signs of gum disease, your dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning, in which your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
Preventive Dental Care
General dentistry prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Our hygienist provides routine dental cleanings and exams to keep your smile healthy. We can also identify and treat oral health problems in the early stages before they cause permanent damage to your smile.
Prevent Future Oral Health Problems
While general dentistry treatments focus on improving oral health and preventing future problems, they can also treat several dental issues. For instance, our dentist may perform fillings to treat tooth decay. During a filling, they will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it with a dental material, such as composite resin.
Improve Your Overall Health
From preventive cleanings and exams to advanced restorative treatments, general dentistry can keep your entire mouth healthy. Your dentist will communicate with you about your oral health, from regular flossing and brushing to dietary and lifestyle choices. Your dentist can talk to you about the best treatments for your oral health and help you understand how certain habits can impact your teeth and gums.
For the best dental care tailored to your particular needs, visit Kiley A. Smith, DDS, at 1005 Marlandwood Rd Suite 104, Temple 76502, or call (254) 791-1010.